Tahiti 80 have been serving up their own brand of Indie-pop since the early 90’s, and show no sign of slowing down. The group constantly evolves, while keeping some semblance of their original intent, not an easy feat for most bands that have been around as long as they have. After catching their set early on during SXSW at the 512 Rooftop, Thrillcall had a chance to catch up with lead singer and frontman Xavier Boyer:
THRILLCALL: Tahiti 80 always seems to evolve with each release, while at the same time sticking to your roots. Is there a secret to this?
XAVIER BOYER: I think we’re still passionate about music in general. and I guess we haven’t written the perfect pop song yet! A few days ago, I was raving about the new Brent Cash record, the other day it was Mederic talking about a library music rare record. We’re always trying to incorporate new concepts/ideas in our already crowded melting pot
THRILLCALL: The lyrics on the new EP, Solitary Bizness, seem to float in and out of social commentary, leading into your new full-length, “The Past, The Present, and The Possible”, which seems to follow the same path in a slightly more extreme manner. Is there anything you’re particularly concerned about in the world today?
XAVIER BOYER: The PPP album is much darker than anything we’ve released so far. Though dark for T80 is quite nonsensical! But in a way, it reflects the way our society is right now, it ‘s a tough world! As you grow older it’s sometimes hard to get really enthusiastic about our condition. I guess our lyrics reflect that in a way.
THRILLCALL: What does the near future hold for Tahiti 80?
XAVIER BOYER: More shows, we’ll probably back next Fall in North America. Pedro & I will produce a cool French band in June (Manceau) and later this summer we’ll get back to our studio to work on new material. We have a few concepts for these songs and we’ll think about new ways to release them. Busy, as always!
Be sure to pick up Tahiti 80’s new album The Past, The Present, and The Possible, out now!